City lists input from General Plan sessions
VACAVILLE — City residents have raised a variety of concerns they hope to see addressed as Vacaville updates its General Plan, the community’s blueprint for future growth.
The city has offered a series of off-site office hours in recent days to gather suggestions from area residents. The most-recent of those sessions was Saturday.
Some of the comments received by the city, as listed in a news release Monday were:
- The General Plan should include more detail about a proposed pedestrian trail that could help connect different parts of the Rocky Hill-Brown Street neighborhood.
- The General Plan land use plan for the Northeast Growth Area should be revised to not place future homes next to streets with high traffic.
- The General Plan should direct less large-truck traffic on rural roads such as Lewis Road.
- Add policies supporting special use recreation facilities and dog parks.
- Increase the number of neighborhood parks so residents do not have to travel far to a park.
- Allow flood detention facilities to be used for certain recreational uses during the dry seasons.
- Add bicycle and pedestrian trails to fill in gaps in the city system.
- The General Plan should add policies to encourage a senior citizen residential community.
- New growth areas should include smaller, single-story homes that are suitable for an aging population and housing that accommodates all sizes and types of households and should require greenbelts-trails so residents can walk and bike to shopping and parks.
- Allow older single-family homes to remain in some parts of downtown where appropriate.
- Add trees to the Fairfield-Vacaville greenbelt.
The Planning Commission will take public comments on the Environmental Impact Report for the General Plan when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 650 Merchant St. This is a chance for Vacaville residents to describe their concerns or comments about the possible environmental effects of the new General Plan and to offer ideas on how to reduce those environmental impacts.
The meeting will be televised on Channel 26 (Comcast) Channel 99 (AT&T U-Verse) and online at www.cityofvacaville.com under the City Government tab, drop down to Channel 26, Channel 26 Live Online.
The Draft General Plan; Energy and Conservation Action Strategy; and Draft Environmental Impact Report are available online on the city’s website, www.cityofvacaville.com and on the city’s General Plan Update website, www.vacavillegeneralplan.org. Hard copies of the documents are available for review at the Vacaville Public Library-Cultural Center, 1020 Ulatis Drive, the Vacaville Public Library-Town Square, 1 Town Square Place, and the Community Development Department at Vacaville City Hall.
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Glen Faison joined the Daily Republic as managing editor in September 2009. He has worked as a reporter and editor for daily and weekly newspapers in the San Joaquin Valley for 20-plus years. His experience includes time as editor of the Golden Eagle, a military paper serving the Lemoore Naval Air Station. He graduated from Fresno State University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and bleeds Bulldogs red. He is an avid Washington Redskins fan, and attended the 1988 NFC Championship Game against the Minnesota Vikings at RFK Stadium. He married his wife, Jill, in 2005, and has three children: Courtni, Tyler and Hayli.